Housing

CityFixer

Dublin's Quest to Banish Vacant Lots

The Irish capital is pockmarked with empty parcels. With tough new property laws planned for this year, that could change.

San Francisco Wants You to Fall in Love With Its Sewer System

Why the city is putting toilet-humor ads on public buses, like "Your #2 is my #1" and "No one deals with more crap than I do."

The Health Risks of Small Apartments

Living in tiny spaces can cause psychological problems.

Los Angeles Bans Heat-Sucking Roofs

From now on, the city's building code will require new residential construction to include "cool roofs" capable of reflecting sunlight.

Videos

A Day in the Life of a Baltimore Slumlord Hunter

A video follows Carol Ott, a mother of two who is documenting every blighted property she can find in Baltimore.

Maps

Where the Renters Live Now

The Census Bureau maps the homeownership rate of every neighborhood in America.

Germany Is Building Its Own Resort for the World Cup

Favorites to win in Brazil this June, the team will reside in a new, remote beach hotel for the tournament.

Maps

Imagining the U.S. Supreme Court Covered in Solar Panels

Alongside every other building in Washington, D.C.

Videos

San Francisco Luxury Apartment Promo Embarrasses Its Own Tenants

At least one person who can afford the rent at NEMA thinks this ad is ridiculous.

My Geographic 'Center of Gravity' Is Pulling Me to a Nebraska Cemetery

That's the last time I use this weird mapping tool, which determines your "midpoint" based on all the places you've ever lived.

How the Cost of Other People's Parking Drives Up Your Rent

By as much as $200 a month.

This Man Was Just Evicted From Beijing's Underground Heating System

And there are many more like him.

Miami's Newest Condo Tower Will Be Home to Nearly 2 Percent of the World's Billionaires

It has three car elevators. 

How the Poor Are Squeezed Out of the Most Affordable Housing

A worsening trend that spans four decades.

Tiny Homes: A New Model for Super-Chic Affordable Housing?

A group of Washingtonians say micro-dwellings are the future. But problems abound.

Is Laundered Money Fueling Miami's Condo Boom?

All signs point to yes. 

One Answer to San Francisco's Overpriced Housing: 'Co-Living'

Not quite communes, these young people are seeking cheaper, more diverse living arrangements, plus family-style meals.

Is a Favela Still a Favela Once It Starts Gentrifying?

Rents are going up in Rio's informal housing communities. What, if anything, should the city do about it?